Earth: 1. In the sense of soil or ground, the translation of the word
(Genesis 9:20) "husbandman" is literally "man of the
ground or earth." Altars were to be built of earth
Naaman asked for two mules' burden of earth
(2 Kings 5:17) under
the superstitious notion that Jehovah, like the gods of the
heathen, could be acceptably worshipped only on his own soil.